In 1986, green-industry professionals interested in water conservation formed the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico (XCNM), a non-profit 501(c)(3). The XCNM is a small group that focuses on education surrounding water conservation, native and arid-adapted plants, rainwater harvesting, low impact/recycled building materials, and landscaping/irrigation methods. The group has run 18 conferences under the title “The Xeriscape Conference.” Over the years, the scope of speakers and presentations has expanded far beyond traditional xeriscaping, so, the XCNM has rebranded the annual conference to better reflect its actual content and our on-going partnership with Arid Low Impact Design (Arid LID). We are proud to announce the “Land & Water Summit 2014.”
As we all know, drought has dominated our lives for several years. Demands on water use stress our limited and decreasing water resources, yet new demands are continuously being added. This year, the XCNM will focus on Drought as an Opportunity for Change. We will strive to find both traditional and non-traditional speakers who emphasize positive change during a water crisis.
Author Cynthia Barnett has agreed to keynote the 2014 conference. An award winning journalist and author, Ms. Barnett has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. Author of the books Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, she is now working on a human and natural history of rain. She will discuss how the Dust Bowl helped inspire the land ethic in this country, and how the Big Dry in Australia completely changed their water behavior in just one decade.
The conference will be held February 20-21, 2014 at the Sheraton Airport in Albuquerque. Registration is now open, and there are several early bird specials, including before December 20, buy one full registration and get the second one half price. For more information and to register, visit
Let’s use drought as an opportunity to promote creative solutions.